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Farewell to Rev Everett - 1974

Loughborough Echo - 22nd March 1974

On Monday evening a packed Church Room of St Bartholomew's Church members and of village organisations bade farewell and made presentations to their vicar, the Rev R N Everett, and Mrs Everett and their children, Aiden and Elizabeth. The vicar is being inducted as vicar of Castle Donington on March 29th.

The Parochial Church Council vice-chairman, Mrs A M Herbert, in presiding, spoke of the vicar's work for St Bartholomew's and in the parish over the past eight years. Facing the church restoration following the fire which occurred just prior to his arrival, to see the Church Room extension programme completed in quicker time than anticipated, his editing of the "Quorn News" together with his great interest in the Primary School particularly, and the village as a whole, all showed them as having a vicar of courage and determination and unbounding energy.

The parting token of appreciation by the parishioners and organised by the churchwardens, Mr H Westley and Mr J Lord, had amounted to 221 and in presenting the cheque to the vicar, Mr Harold Westley, as vicar's warden, expressed feelings of sorrow that he was leaving the village, and wished Mr and Mrs Everett and their family every happiness at Castle Donington.

From the amount collected the vicar had arranged to purchase a moped which was dramatically displayed, together with crash helmet, from behind the state curtains. This he said would be of tremendous help as the present vicarage was some distance from the church.

Other presentations followed - from the Mothers' Union by Mrs P M Field, a table lighter; from the Church Room committee by Mrs E Topping, a book token; from members of the Methodist Church by Mr Thomas, a hymn book; while similarly gifts were presented to Mrs Everett from the parish by Mrs D Freshwater; the Mothers' Union by Mrs Wastnage and the Young Wives by Mrs J Kinch. Gifts had already been made the previous week by the Sunday Schools, the Primary School and the Royal British Legion.

The presentations were concluded with a delightful word of appreciation and "God speed" by Pastor A P Cooper of the Quorn Baptist Church, to which the vicar replied on behalf of himself and his family. They were extremely touched by the many kindnesses bestowed upon them over the past eight years and had been extremely happy in Quorn and in a sense sorry to be leaving such a closely knit community. However, he felt that a challenge awaited them at Castle Donington which he felt was his duty to tackle.

The happy evening was opened with light refreshments and an interlude of slides given by the vicar and friends of the youth club summer camp last year.

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 Submitted on: 2011-01-23
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1176
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